Film Title: CHOCOLATE
A suburban housewife and mother suddenly finds herself homeless and lost in downtown Los Angeles. A beautiful story of family and hope.
Key People (cast, crew, etc.):
Dru Miller (Executive, Producer) – Thiago DaDalt (Writer, Director, Editor) – Andre Chesini (Cinematography) – Piercey Dalton (Lead Actress, Eve) – João Bounassar (Supporting Actor, Lewis Brown) – Amy Argyle (Supporting Actress, Janet) – Talia Bacha (Supporting Actor, Ellen) – Ekin Ergen (First AD) – Bruna Nogueira (Makeup/ Hair artist) – Erin Seelert (Costume Design) – Tracy Hayes (Production Design) – Jimmy Hammer (Composer) – Ricardo Ariel (Color & Graphic) – Marcos Daniel Ferreira (BTS Photos) – Milton Miné (Sound Design) – Justin Andrews – Torrey Goldman – Valentina Letuchaya and much more…
Why did you decide to submit to FirstGlance?
Because it’s a great platform in Los Angeles for independent filmmakers. CHOCOLATE has an important message that needs to be spread and I believe this is a great festival for that.
Will someone from your team be attending FirstGlance?
Yes! Thiago Dadalt, Dru Miller, some of the actors and crew will be there to support our film as we filmed in Los Angeles and everybody lives in L.A.
What is something you feel is important for our readers to know about your film?
CHOCOLATE talks about a housewife who became homeless in downtown Los Angeles. She developed early onset Alzheimer’s, a very scary condition that affects more than 200 thousand people in the US.
I initially wrote it as fictional story, and interesting enough, soon after I finished the first cut of the film, we discovered Nancy Paulikas, a 55 year old woman, who has been missing for over 4 moths in the streets of L.A. She has the same condition as the character in the film, Eve. We hope we can help people understand more about the early onset of this disease and maybe help find Nancy.
What should viewers expect from your film?
It’s a very emotional film with unexpected situations, beautiful cinematography, great acting, stunning music and a very important message. A film that needs to be seen.
Do you have any production stories our readers might enjoy?
This took 2 months and a total of 115 auditions to found the lead actress (Piercey Dalton) for this project. Thiago Dadalt also volunteered at Lamp Community in Downtown L.A for 2.5 months where he had the chance to be around “Skid Row” and talk to real homeless people during his process of writing and preparing for the film.
Inexplicably, during the third day of filming on “Skid Row” (movie set), 3 homeless people appeared at different times, helped the team on set, and were rewarded for it. One of them is named Lewis, the same name as one of the supporting characters (João Bounassar as Homeless) in the film.
Internationally acclaimed Makeup Artist, Bruna Nogueira, is emerging as one of the top makeup artists in the entertainment industry. Some of her amazing work are The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Teen Wolf, CSI: NY, I Kissed a Vampire and Chocolate.
The supporting actress (Amy Argyle) during her preparation to play a homeless mother, stopped showering 3 days before the shoot day, started to sleep on the floor and refused to eat during the whole day of shooting to help her to feel how a homeless person lives, whilst hungry and dirty on the streets of L.A. Amy Argyle won best supporting actress in LONDON IFF 2017 for her acting in CHOCOLATE. Here’s a video of her preparation on Youtube.
What are you looking forward to most at FirstGlance?
Meeting artists with the same hunger to make films that matter and exchange experiences.
Where can our readers find more information about your film?
For more information on the FirstGlance Film Festival, or to buy tickets, visit their website.